While visiting Morocco, it is absolutely essential to experience at least one medina, if not more. One of the most interesting medians you’ll find is the one located in Fez has plenty of surprises and hidden gems waiting for you to uncover.
For example, one place you can find tucked away in the medina is The Ruined Garden, considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world. Here what you need to check out what at the medina in Fez.
The medina, called Fes-el-Bali features labyrinthine passages where you’ll find lots of crowds and a donkey every once in a while.
Named as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into another time. It can be hard to navigate, so it will help to have some destinations to look out for while you’re there.
Check out Fondouk el-Nejjarine, which is a three story former trader’s inn that has now been transformed into a woodworking museum. It features stunning architecture and a central courtyard.
There you can browse exhibits that feature beautifully carved doors, dowry chests, and furniture. You can enjoy a cup of tea on the rooftop while you take a look at the city down below.
Located close by to the Bab Bou Jeloud, Fez’s famous blue gate, you’ll find the Madrasa Bou Inania, where you’ll find beautiful handicrafts. The school features the classic zellij tilework that is synonymous with Moroccan style, as well as beautiful cedar woodwork and carved stucco. All of it has been restored to showcase hw it would have looked 600 years ago.
Across from there you’ll find the Dar al-Magana, which is a 14th century lock house. The water clock there once kept the time using a clever contraption involving weights, bowls, and windows.
Médin Art showcases the bold prints Morocco is known for blended with modern style. You can find crafts like babouches, the typical heelless slippers, as well as plenty of woven items.
From there you can head to the Le Jardin des Biehn, a stunning coutyard full of fountains and trees. You can enjoy a drink there as you relax from the hustle and bustle of the crowded medina. You can also purchase high quality jewelry, caftans, and vintage carpets there.
If you want to spend several days in the area, you can stay the Riad Fes, where you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset on the rooftop while enjoying a delicious glass of Moroccan vin gris.